Love has NOT been cancelled.

While the pandemic wiped our calendar clean of nearly 100 wedding receptions and parties in 2020, we were honored to help make the nuptials happen for 40 couples by hosting their intimate, socially-distanced, outdoor wedding ceremonies. Luckily for our couples (and for us), one thing COVID has not changed is the beauty of our amazing garden spaces. [Photo above by Orange Turtle Photography]

Khanh Truong Photography.

Our venue is following State of California and Contra Costa County guidelines as we respond to the impact of COVID-19 in our community and on our events. Both the state and county restrictions have changed numerous times during the past year, and we expect them to continue to change frequently as we move further into 2021.

At the current time, our venue is permitted to host outdoor religious and cultural ceremonies, per the health order. Details related to COVID for such events are as follows:

— Maximum attendance of 75 (not including vendors)
— Masks required while on the premises and around others not from the same household
— No food or beverages (except for bottled water)
— Assigned guest seating according to household required, will be spaced six feet apart for social distancing
— Restroom access permitted on-site, two guests at a time
— Hand sanitizer plus soap and water for hand-washing are available in the restrooms

Other suggestions for a COVID-safe ceremony include:

— Live-streaming or video recording of the event
— Virtual guest book
— Additional supplies provided by the couple at the ceremony site (masks, sanitizer, etc.)
— Ceremonial “first dance” in the center of the Rose Garden
— Discouraging social interaction between households
— Focusing on lots of photography while spreading out around the garden

At the current time, we are not hosting receptions, parties or other social events at our venue, and our indoor spaces are closed; however, we are accepting new bookings for such events to be scheduled for dates from June 2021 forward. Depending on state and county restrictions at the time of the event, we may or may not be able to proceed with the event as originally planned. If our venue cannot host the event, clients have the option to either postpone to a future date or cancel. Couples with full weddings booked who cannot host the reception portion due to health mandates also have the option to downgrade to a ceremony only, as long as ceremonies are still permitted at that time.

We know these are not easy things to think about in terms of planning your wedding, as this is just not an easy time all around. Feel free to CONTACT US VIA EMAIL if you’d like to chat more about the various options and scenarios that will potentially affect your booking at our venue as we navigate through the pandemic.

Orbie Pullen Photography